Interoperability is not the question for OpenStack users. It’s reality.

At this year’s OpenStack Summit EU in Barcelona, IBM plays host to our OpenStack community partners in demonstrating—once and for all—that OpenStack enables workload portability across public and private clouds.

This significant announcement is half a year in the making.

LISTEN: Brad Topol takes podcast listeners behind the scenes of the Interop Challenge

In April during OpenStack Summit Austin, IBM announced its contribution to the RefStack project, which the OpenStack community launched in an effort to drive interoperability across clouds. We remain the top contributor to the RefStack project.

But we didn’t stop there, opting instead to take our efforts a step further. At that same conference, Don Rippert, IBM General Manager of Cloud Strategy, took the stage to challenge our fellow OpenStack vendors to achieve and demonstrate interoperability at this week’s conference. I’m thrilled to say that we did it.

Interop ChallengeThis is the first initiative to demonstrate interoperability of OpenStack cloud environments by using deployment and execution of an enterprise workload using automated deployment tools as the means of proving interoperability OpenStack cloud environments.

For its first few years in existence, there was skepticism around whether OpenStack was truly interoperable. While the community touted OpenStack as the key to avoiding vendor lock-in, some expressed doubt. Doubters take heed: If you remember anything from this week’s OpenStack Summit Barcelona, it should be that OpenStack is, without a doubt, interoperable between vendors.

The Interop Challenge took a different approach than previous exercises in interoperability. This effort is the first to validate interoperability through the use of deployment and execution of an enterprise workload using automated deployment tools.

We’re proud of this fact. At IBM, our team has done an amazing job since April working with our industry partners.

We’re also excited about what this means for our clients. Improved OpenStack Cloud interoperability means we can confidently say that IBM customers will avoid vendor lock-in. Also, because the Interoperability Challenge focuses on enterprise workloads, it demonstrates that OpenStack is a cloud infrastructure that supports enterprise applications.

In the future, expect even more efforts toward interoperability, more opportunities to get involved and even greater collaboration between OpenStack vendors.

You can watch the Interop Challenge demonstration that was given during the OpenStack Summit here:

1 comment on"It’s official: OpenStack Interoperability Is a Reality"

  1. […] For more on the Interop Challenge, check out Angel Diaz’s blog post on the topic. […]

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